The re­turned

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Letters -

hunted down mon­sters in se­cret in or­der not to panic the city. The show aired on the equally short­lived United Para­mount Net­work ( UPN) from 2001 to 2002.

The other show was Night Gallery. I don’t see how you could for­get Rod Ser­ling ’s sec­ond se­ries, that ran from 1969 to 1973. It fea­tured Ser­ling in an art mu­seum af­ter hours, with un­usual paint­ings and sculp­tures that had un­usual tales be­hind them. Some of the episodes were adapted from the works of HP Love­craft, Au­gust Der­leth and Fritz Lieber.

Wil­lie Holmes, Chicago

We blame those das­tardly mind- rub­bers for the omis­sion. Se­ri­ously, I can’t re­mem­ber a thing. In fact, what am I even do­ing here? I’m prob­a­bly one of the older read­ers of SFX – I’ll be 50 in 2015, so I can re­mem­ber the neg­a­tive re­ac­tions to a lot of the re­boots of the day. Our par­ents would won­der why Flash Gor­don, Buck Rogers and Bat­man all needed to restart when they were al­ready “known”.

To­day’s out­cry is sim­i­lar but some of the re­boots are re­ally rather good. Casino Royale was not, as I re­call, a flop, and restart­ing the fran­chise worked spec­tac­u­larly well. Bat­man Be­gins was 20 years af­ter my gen­er­a­tion’s Bat­man be­gan, but it’s a great tril­ogy of movies, although An­drew Garfield’s Spi­der- Man ar­rived with al­most in­de­cent haste af­ter the Tobey Maguire ver­sion. It’s done very nicely, mind.

So here’s a sug­ges­tion. We wait un­til the re­boot ac­tu­ally ar­rives, whether it’s Ghost­busters or any­thing else. We might ac­tu­ally en­joy it. And kids, try not to be of­fended when, 20 years from now when I’m al­most 70 years old, a new gen­er­a­tion de­cides your favourite movie needs to be made all over again.

Guy Clap­per­ton, Lon­don

Stop get­ting uptight about a movie be­fore you’ve ac­tu­ally seen it? Sounds rea­son­able, Guy, but what will peo­ple talk about on the in­ter­net?

You didn’t ex­pect the young Pen­guin to have clean hair, did you?

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